Alshon Jeffery had a big game this week during The Bears 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Jeffery hauled in 12 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns. His 249 yards set a new Bears single game receiving record, formally held by Jeffery with 218 yards, set in week 5 against the Saints.
Jeffery also surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the season, becoming only the second Bear receiver since 2002 to do so (Brandon Marshall, 2012, 1508 yards.) This year should see two Chicago Bear wide receivers eclipse the 1,000 yard milestone, barring injury, Brandon Marshall is on track to have 1,320 yards and Jeffery is on track to have a 1,478 yard season. The last time the Bears had two receivers surpass the 1,000 yard mark in the same season was in 1995 when Curtis Conway and Jeff Graham combined for 2,375 yards.
These stats are even more impressive when you take into account the lack of consistency at the QB position. It certainly hasn’t made the impending decision on the long-term contract for Jay Cutler any easier on Phil Emery. If Cutler expects a Flacco like deal this off-season he needs to play at a high level in the remaining games of the 2013 NFL season. If he doesn’t it will make this a very interesting off-season.